Dairy farmers have been burned by systems that promise to turn manure into power, but a new generation of digesters could revive this segment of the renewable energy field.
June 7, 2013 - Dairy farmer Ron Koetsier's 1,200 cows produce roughly 90 tons of manure daily, and for the last three decades, he has tried unsuccessfully to turn the stinky dung into energy to power his 450-acre farm in Visalia.
He installed a nearly $1-million renewable energy system in 1985 that used the methane from manure to create electricity for his farm. read more>>>
Jun. 6, 2013 - North Carolina still ranks among the top states for cleantech jobs.
Four solar major solar projects were announced in North Carolina in the first quarter that could create more than 700 jobs. That total makes the Tar Heel State No. 4 in the country in first quarter cleantech jobs, according to the latest report from Environmental Entrepreneurs. The group, also known as E2, is comprised of business leaders who support policies that benefit the economy and the environment. read more>>>
06 June 2013 The Solar Foundation (TSF) has announced a new guide designed to educate homeowners association (HOA) boards and other managers of planned communities on best practices for encouraging solar development.
The guide, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Encouraging Solar Development through Community Association Policies and Processes," offers HOA-governed communities policies and tips for overcoming administrative roadblocks to pursuing solar energy. read more>>>
June 6, 2013 - The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its sixth annual Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings Report. The sixth edition ranks utilities nationally and by utility type and includes more than 260 of the most solar-active utilities. This represents 96 percent of the U.S. solar electric power market based on the amount of new solar power interconnected by U.S. electric utilities.
Utilities integrated almost 2.4 GW, or 2,384 MW, of solar capacity in 2012 -- surpassing 2,000 MW of capacity for the first time and growing the market share for large-scale solar projects by 160 percent from 2011, according to the report read more>>>
June 6, 2013 - The Department of Energy has approved a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase 1 grant proposal to study the differential data from retrofitting a concentrated solar thermal array to the existing geothermal electrical generation system currently installed at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). The SBIR program encourages small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization. read more>>>
03 June 2013 - The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) estimates enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each month could be stored in porous rocks deep underground for later use
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) based at Richland in Washington State, USA, has released a new comprehensive report, compiled in association with the Bonneville Power Association (BPA), which reveals that enough wind energy to power about 85,000 homes could be stored underground for later use. read more>>>
06 June 2013 - GE is building a £50 million large nacelle testing facility at the National Renewable Energy Centre in the UK.
The state-of-the-art facility was specifically designed for full-scale testing of large nacelles, and to foster the cost-effective development of the next generation of wind turbines, the US-based firm said in a written statement. read more>>>
June 5, 2013 - First Solar, Inc. FSLR -0.32% and New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced today that First Solar, Inc. has been granted a power purchase agreement (PPA) from the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission, clearing the way for First Solar to begin construction on the state's largest solar power plant to be located on State Trust Land in Luna County. The PPA will provide El Paso Electric Power with 50MW of solar energy for 25 years.
"This 50 megawatt solar power project will provide about 300 jobs during the construction phase, which is a huge boost to New Mexico's ailing construction industry, and it will provide a constant stream of revenue for our public schools, universities and hospitals," said State Land Commissioner Ray Powell. read more>>>
Jun 5, 2013 - Wind Turbine Opens Opportunities for Off-Grid Farmers
Several farmers in North Kohala, Hawaii, are now benefitting from an innovative off-grid water-pumping system powered by a Northern Power NPS 100 wind turbine. Like many others in remote locations and island communities, North Kohala farmers have been searching for an alternative to using polluting, expensive diesel fuel to generate electricity. This microgrid project, known as SkyGrid Energy, marks the growing trend of turning to affordable, clean, renewable wind energy as the solution. read more>>>
5 Jun 2013 - The Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will be launching the Free State Youth Green Economy Programme in support of the June Month Activities.
This will assist youth to form themselves into cooperatives in line with government procurement policy, so as to benefit in Green Economy related projects and programme and also to facilitate mentorship and development opportunities platforms for the youth with big companies like Eskom, Sparta Telkom, Sasol firm and other companies for full empowerment within the economic development space. read more>>>